LINE-UP: Arsenal team to play Sunderland


It is FA Cup time again, and with all Arsenal eyes currently fixated on winning the league, there is a danger that Wenger could slip up with his team selection given the current Gunners injury problems.

On paper at least the match looks like a walk in the park for Arsenal, as the table topping Gunners should easily beat second from bottom Sunderland, who look almost certain for relegation after amassing just 15 points from 20 games.

If you fancy a flutter on what should be a goal fest at the Emirates Bet 365 is offering odds of 3/10 for an Arsenal home win.

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger’s mind will be fixed on next Wednesday night’s Premier League match with Liverpool at Anfield, and despite knowing that Jürgen Klopp’s team is missing their centre-backs the Gunners boss knows that a win on Merseyside would go a long way in proving the clubs title aspirations.

So with that in mind we expect to see several changes to the team Wenger puts out this afternoon, starting with David Ospina coming in for Petr Cech, with the 33-year-old not even expected to be on the bench for the game.

On to the defence,  Calum Chambers sould come in for Hector Bellerin at right-back while the Spaniard enjoys the weekend off in Amsterdam with his girlfriend.

At centre-back we expect to see Per Mertesacker start alongside Gabriel allowing Frenchman Laurent Koscielny a well-earned rest, while Gibbs takes over at left-back for Nacho Monreal.

In midfield, still short of options it will be the now familiar pairing of Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini unless of course Arteta is fit to play, but we are not holding our breath on that happening this weekend.

Theo Walcott will be called upon to play what he considers to be his best role at centre-forward while Campbell and the Ox start out on the wings.

As for No.10 Mesut Ozil, we are sure Wenger would love to let the German have the day off, but given his form and the former Real Madrid midfielders desire to play it is hard to imagine him not playing when fit.

Just as a side note Wenger knows that he can go down in history should Arsenal win the FA Cup this season, as the last time a club won the cup three seasons in a row was when Blackburn Rovers did it way back in 1884-1886.

Have a look at our Line-Up below and see if you agree with the team we have selected.


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